When we hear from our customers in the Las Vegas and Henderson areas that your bathtub faucet doesn’t deliver water at its regular rate, the problem often is a lack of water pressure in the supply lines. If you have called a plumber to determine that you do not have a leak or plugged line, there other possibilities, most of which lie within the faucet parts or the shower diverter which can cause a low water flow.
Confirm that all supply valves in the water lines are fully open. Next, check the shower diverter; some faucets have a knob on the top of the spout, while other diverters are like a third faucet handle. Make sure the diverter is fully in position to supply the bathtub spout only. Additionally, if the faucet spout has an aerator, unscrew it and soak its parts screen in vinegar to clear out debris and mineral deposits that could be blocking water. Many times we have seen that homes that were built during the Las Vegas heyday of sloppy homebuilding (late 90’s through the late 2000’s), you might have an incorrect diverter installed based on your home layout and plumbing which can cuase a low water flow.
If the flow still is low, the faucet valve(s) may not be opening all the way. To check a double-valve faucet you have to turn off the water supply and remove the valves. Many single-handled faucets have cartridge valves, and these valves often include a temperature limiter. If the limiter falls out of adjustment, you can’t open the valve all the way. To check it, remove the valve handle; you should see the limiter right underneath. The cartridge itself can get blocked with sediment, and when that happens, you have to remove it either to clean or replace it. To do this, turn off the water supply and disassemble the valve. If the cartridge is old and well used, you may need a cartridge puller to get it out.
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